Trying to keep millions of players happy and engaged in a game for more than just a few months is no easy task. Heck, games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds got off to a hot start last year, but after numerous performance and optimization issues plagued the game throughout the year, it found itself losing a lot of its playerbase, giving Epic ample opportunity to swoop in and pick up the Battle Royale audience with Fortnite. Blizzard managed to steal some of the thunder from Valve’s Team Fortress 2 in a similar way with Overwatch when it released in 2016, but, so far, no company has been able to take the team-based PvP crown from Blizzard’s title… yet. The reason that Blizzard has been able to maintain some dominance in the ever-crowded FPS field is because the company has been regularly pumping out a lot of new content for Overwatch, including the brand new Busan map that is currently playable right now.
When it comes to home consoles, the platform holders try hard to get gamers to buy into the platform services rather than just owning the hardware. Microsoft kicked things off back during the sixth gen with the start of Xbox Live, and Sony quickly followed behind with the PlayStation Network. Since then both companies have been trying to one-up each other with what the online services offer, including trying to lure gamers in with specialty items for those who subscribe to the premium version of the online service. Sony has decided to tempt gamers to pay for the PlayStation Plus membership by giving them some free incentives. Those incentives come in the form of some free gear in Epic Games’ highly popular Battle Royale game, Fortnite.
The Celebration Pack includes three cosmetic items that the store page notes will not affect the gameplay.
The pack comes with a Flappy Glider, which is a blue and white glider pack that you drop down into the map with. The Flappy Glider has a silly face on the top of it with two googly eyes and a small smile. This will replace your starting glider, if you choose to use it.
The second item on the list is a Controller Pickaxe, which is classified as an “epic” classed pickaxe. It’s still themed with a similar motif as the Flappy Glider. You see that it has a black paint job with a blue lightning spray on the top of the axe head.
The third item in the exclusive PlayStation Plus pack for Fortnite is a Skydiving Trail, which gives you a special falling trail when you dive into the map. The falling trail features four different colors for your character as they fall, including a purple trail on the left leg, a blue trail on the right leg, an orange trail on the right hand and a green trail on the left hand.
All three items will ensure that people know you have acquired the PlayStation Plus Celebration Pack. However, anyone who plays Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch or Xbox One won’t be able to see it anyway because Sony has blocked cross-play compatibility with the other consoles.
Nintendo hasn’t been very vociferous about cross-play and has silently accepted whatever cross-compatibility options that developers have put forward, but Microsoft has been making digs at Sony for denying gamers the ability to play with other console players. Nintendo fans have also been quite outspoken even though Nintendo has tried maintaining some element of diplomatic coyness. The reason for the outspokenness from Nintendo Switch owners is that if you attempt to use your PlayStation account to log into the Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite it will lock your account out of accessing the game on the Switch.
For those of you who don’t mind the whole lack of cross-play and are enjoying Epic Games‘ Battle Royale game on the PS4, you can get your hands on the three free cosmetic items right now if you have a PlayStation Plus subscription.
The sixth season of Arrow ended with Oliver Queen in a tough spot. After negotiating a deal with the FBI that resulted in him being locked up in maximum security prison, Oliver was stuck in the clink with a bunch of bad guys who had no reason to love the former Emerald Archer, and the first trailer for Season 7 proved that the other prisoners wouldn’t go easy on him. Now, Arrow has released a quick new video that shows Oliver naked and violent in a fight with another prisoner, and let’s just say it’s not the kind of shirtless footage Arrow fans usually hope for. Take a look!
Can’t a guy take a prison shower in peace without being jumped by another prisoner? We obviously don’t have the context for this throwdown (courtesy of the Arrow Twitter account) just yet, but it doesn’t look like much of a fair fight. The other prisoner has a knife of some sort and the advantage of not being wet, slippery, and naked for the attack, which was almost certainly a surprise. Given that Oliver seems to be alone in the shower room, I’m guessing there was some dealing with the prison guards for the bad guy to get the jump on Oliver. It would make sense if both the guards and the other prisoners had it out for Oliver, unfortunately. A vigilante wouldn’t be popular in the big house.
The good news for Oliver is that he has more than a decade of fight training that turned him into a killing machine who only stopped dropping bodies en masse because of a crisis of conscious in Season 2. Even naked, wet, unarmed, and quite possibly already sporting some bruises, Oliver more than holds his own against his attacker, who winds up getting his head shoved through a tile wall. This is why you don’t attack the Green Arrow when he’s been cut off from his friends and family, guys! He’s a little grouchy.
In all seriousness, this scene is likely the closest Arrow will ever come to airing a nude scene. The show is switching back to an 8 p.m. time slot on The CW, which could mean a slight dialing back on the violence in the Arrow-verse’s darkest show. Nudity other than the occasional shirtless scene is probably off the table, and Oliver getting attacked in the showers rather than working his way up the salmon ladder is probably not what fans were hoping for.
Sadly, Oliver won’t be the only one in some serious trouble, as all signs point toward Felicity facing some attackers as well, and she doesn’t have the combat training that has made Oliver so lethal. While she can hold her own, she will undoubtedly need to figure out a way to protect herself and William. Meanwhile, Laurel has a great new position in Star City, Barry met his daughter, and the Legends are going to get a fun new addition to the crew. Arrow really is the darkest Earth-1 Arrow-verse show! Find out just how dark the show will be to kick off the fall season with the premiere on Monday, October 15 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
It’s been a weird day for Superman and DC Extended Universe fans. This morning, news broke that Henry Cavill is reportedly hanging up the Kryptonian cape and leaving Warner Bros, thus ending his tenure as the DCEU’s Superman at three movies. In the hours since then, there’s been a lot of talk about what this means for the future of the superhero franchise, but now Cavill himself has responded to these rumors in, quite frankly, a bizarre way.
Ok, so even if you just watched the video, let’s recap. We have Henry Cavill wearing a Krypton Lifting Team T-shirt, looking at the camera solemnly and lifting a Superman toy as a dog barking version of “The Blue Danube” plays. Oh, and he wrote “Today was exciting #Superman.” Seriously, how am I supposed to react to this? Cavill isn’t confirming or denying if today’s Superman news is true, but one thing is certain: it’s going to get a lot of people’s attention. You might as well put this video next to the word “cryptic” in the dictionary.
Kit Harington is at the Toronto Film Festival this week, and despite wrapping his official time on Game of Thrones, the actor is still wearing Jon Snow’s long hair. Making this notable is that Harington had previously expressed his desire to undergo a full de-Snowing when he completed his time playing the character. So, what’s holding him back? Harington explained why he has not changed up his look quite yet, saying:
It is a move that many fans will undoubtedly be grateful for. After all, the slightest inconsistency in Jon Snow’s appearance in Season 8 could be disruptive and grounds for a lot of unnecessary Thrones theories. For instance: “Why Jon Snow’s Differing Hair Explains the Series Finale.”
So, it looks like Kit Harington’s makeover will have to wait for just a bit longer. According to Game of Thrones‘ visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer, the FX team will be working on Season 8 until May 2019. It is highly unlikely Harington will have to wait until then to chop his Snow locks. Still, his sacrifice is not lost on fans of the HBO hit. There is a particular agony in having to wait for a haircut.
Such is the pain of a character’s hair being as iconic as their, well…character. Thankfully for Kit Harington, Jon Snow did undergo a bit of a hair overhaul, courtesy of Melisandre, when he infamously came back from the dead. Thus, giving us the bun we enjoy today. Daenerys certainly did not mind it. As for any release date clues we can garner from Harington’s hair situation, there is not a lot to go on. Making the FX team working until next summer is arguably more telling.
As for the last time Kit Harington discussed his hair, he said he would be taking it “short-short” and admitted it would be hard to let go of the beard he grew to play Jon Snow. But he did not want to go into his next role looking the same. A move that many actors wanting to put a little distance between their characters on a visual level can probably relate to.
Kit Harington’s hair-story still awaits the end of his Jon Snow chapter. And when he goes through with it, we will know that it signals the end of Jon Snow’s reshoot watch. Game of Thrones will return for its eighth and final season at some point in 2019 on HBO. Thank the Seven Kingdoms, there is a lot of new programming over fall, to keep TV fans busy in the meantime.
This article contains some spoilers about the end of Crazy Rich Asians. You’ve been warned!
With a closer look at Crazy Rich Asians, there is quite the clever shift between the light and funny romantic comedy that draws us in and the dramatic second act we are dazzled with as the credits roll. It’s quite the subversive take on an ensemble comedy that critics and audiences alike have been celebrating with box office highs we forgot a movie of this genre could achieve. One scene in particular is arguably the most powerful in the film, and has nothing to do with the romance between Rachel and Nick. It’s when Rachel (Constance Wu) challenges Nick’s mother (Michelle Yeoh) to a game of Mahjong. It’s a dense and dramatic sequence, and when I spoke with the film’s editor Myron Kerstein, he noted that he considers it the highlight of his career: his Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon:
Just like a high-budget battle sequence right out of an Avengers film, a scene such as this relies on action and careful editing for the scene to be entertaining and coherent. Myron Kerstein was able to convey Mahjong to a diverse audience, many of which probably had never heard of or played the game, and have them understand exactly what happened in the scene. He noted that he himself didn’t know the details of its gameplay until he watched director Jon Chu and actress Michelle Yeoh discussing the game as they filmed the scene. He treated the gameplay between Constance Wu and Yeoh as choreography as he crafted the cut together.
Myron Kerstein also credits Constance Wu’s performance as inspiration when cutting the scene, as she gave a particularly powerful performance. While playing the game she shares a realization to Eleanor about her own self-worth and identity that has been challenged throughout the film through her judgement. Said Kerstein,
The scene is certainly quite the showdown of emotions for the two characters who both were looking in the best interests of Nick from their perspectives but couldn’t meet in the middle. Crazy Rich Asians challenged the ideals of a culture with its message as Rachel embraced and Nick’s affluent family embraced her upbringing with a single mother as being enough for the Prince Harry of the east. The film is currently in theaters, and will likely be available on home video before the end of the year.
The Walking Dead will kick off its ninth season next month, but it won’t mark the ninth year of the zombie apocalypse. The show hasn’t followed Rick and Co. in real time, and it was never entirely clear just how many days and months and years had passed. Fortunately, The Walking Dead finally gave a precise time frame for the zombie apocalypse, and not as much time has passed as you may have guessed.
Now, those photos are taken from before the zombie apocalypse kicked off in the very first episode of The Walking Dead way back in 2010 and the Season 8 episode that saw Rick emerge from a shipping container in the junkyard, so the 632 days doesn’t apply to where the show completed its Season 8 finale. Taking into account that Rick was was in his coma for four to five weeks, Rick probably wasn’t up and at ’em in the zombie apocalypse for more than 600 days by the time he walked out of that shipping container. Throw in the passage of time between the shipping container and the showdown with Negan in the Season 8 finale, and Rick still probably wasn’t conscious in the zombie apocalypse for 632 days.
If you’ve done the mental math (or used a calculator) for the 632 days, you’ll note that less than two years have passed since Rick was chatting with Shane in his squad car before getting shot and stuck in a coma. While obviously the zombie apocalypse hasn’t lasted as long in-universe as fans have been watching from home, less than two years still seems awfully short in my book, and not just because Carl managed to go through puberty between the ages of 12 and 14. Rick and Co. have done a lot of traveling throughout the series; accomplishing all that they have in less than two years is remarkable.
If we want to do some more math, it’s probably safe to say that about a year had passed by the end of Season 3. Lori would have been pregnant for almost nine months before she died, and Judith wasn’t an infant anymore by the end of the season. If that math is correct, then Seasons 4-8 took place in under a year. Those survivors sure accomplished a lot in not all that much time! No wonder it seemed like Maggie was pregnant forever without even beginning to show.
Interestingly, the reveal (courtesy of the show’s official Twitter account) that The Walking Dead hadn’t even spanned two full years in the first eight seasons makes the upcoming time jump all the more significant. Back in August, one actor revealed that the time jump between Season 8 and Season 9 will be 18 months. The survivors will have spent just about as much time off-screen as they did on screen in the first eight seasons! No wonder they will have made so much progress and advanced their settlements by the time the action picks up again with the super-sized Season 9 premiere.
As Jurassic World 3 is set to bring the series to a potential close, there are a lot of things folks are going to want to see included in this earth-shaking would-be finale. One of the obvious talking points for those who are looking ahead is the fact that this sixth film would be a great chance for classic Jurassic Park characters to make their returns, much like Dr. Ian Malcolm did (ever so briefly) in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. With this subject in the air, we asked Bryce Dallas Howard which actor / character she would bring back, if she were given the chance to bring back just one — Malcolm excluded. With no hesitation whatsoever, she gave CinemaBlend the following answer:
During our time at the press day for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s home video release, we were able to talk with Howard about various facets of her role as Claire Dearing, one of the new Jurassic trilogy’s commanding leads. And as anyone will tell you, the bridge between the past and the present of the franchise is a subject that is an eagerly discussed among fans of the series. Not only that, but as I had previously discussed in that same conversation with Bryce Dallas Howard, she feels that this is a key part of the game plan for Jurassic World 3’s path forward.
Her choice of Laura Dern’s paleobotanist, Dr. Ellie Sattler, as her one character to bring back, is probably the best choice — despite the fact that each member of the original Jurassic Park trio is iconic in their own right. Dr. Sattler’s story lacks the sort of proper closure that Sam Neill’s Dr. Alan Grant and Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm’s possess. While it’s true that we see her in Jurassic Park III, all we’re given in terms of Ellie’s story beyond Jurassic Park is that she settled down to have a family. Other than that, her inclusion in the film felt like merely lip service to fans of the first film, without much detail behind it. Meanwhile, we learned more about Alan’s life past their initial adventure in the film’s first act, with Ian Malcolm getting an entire film of his own and a bookending cameo in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
It’s hard to imagine Dr. Ellie Sattler merely staying home, raising kids, and being a loving wife who has no interest in Paleobotany, especially when Jurassic Park‘s harrowing adventure only helped bring Jurassic World into being. So bringing Laura Dern back for Jurassic World 3 would give us all an opportunity to not only learn what happened to Ellie’s career, and if Jurassic Park III is still part of the proper canon, it’d also give us more time with a well-respected character that never got her proper due, storywise. We know a lot about what happened to Alan and Ian after Jurassic Park, so the last frontier from the original story left to cross is to catch up with the woman who once bested a Raptor with a chain link door.
Also, as Bryce Dallas Howard and even Chris Pratt had said in the past, how can you turn down a Dern performance in a Jurassic movie? It’s not like it’s going to be hard to convince Laura Dern to come aboard for Jurassic World 3, as she’s already stated that she’d return to the series, simply because, “we need her back.” Consider my fingers officially crossed for Ms. Dern’s return to the Jurassic fold, and consider us here at CinemaBlend on the hunt for any further information that comes out about such a possibility becoming a sweet reality.
Netflix has released yet another look at its upcoming Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series by way of a poster, and it wishes its protagonist a “Happy Birthday, Witch.” There is a lot to unpack from this poster, which cleverly nestles some subtle and not-so-subtle nods to the dual nature of its namesake. As they say, “the devil is in the details.” Check it out below:
In the poster, you can see Kiernan Shipka’s rather wholesome-appearing Sabrina looking straight into the camera with a warm smile on her face, as she prepares to extinguish her birthday candles, presumably. Be careful what you wish for, Sabrina! One thing you can cross off her possible wish list is another season of the series. Netflix obviously has faith in the project, having already greenlit the conjuring of two seasons into existence.
Now to those poster details. Behind and slightly above Sabrina, you can easily spot the troubling presence of some devil horns. That accessory is not exactly commonplace for the teenage witch. While that is a clear glimpse into the dual sides of Sabrina’s life, there is another occult clue hidden in the poster. A pentacle stands in for the dot above the “i” in Sabrina in the show’s title, which is scrolled in front of the cake.
The red hue of the candles and significantly melted wax have their own meaning, as well as the melting drizzle of the frosting. They cast an ominous specter over the party. Overall, the poster has a 70’s style essence to it that evokes the horror films of the era. Given that Netflix has described the series as following along the lines of The Exorcist, among others, that may or may not be incidental.
The poster gives fans a “chilling” glimpse into what they can anticipate from the dark series. The ABC sitcom, this is definitely not. Last month, Netflix released the first two official images from the series. In one of them, Sabrina is pictured wearing a dark red coat and matching satchel. While that image was more Little Red Riding Hood in the woods, the second image captured Sabrina’s “dark baptism” by Father Blackwood.
Suffice it say, Sabrina will be torn between two disparate worlds in the upcoming series — that of mortal and that of witch. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will premiere just in time for Halloween, this fall. Season 1 will be available to watch in its entirety, October 26 on Netflix. And Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will be joined by countless other shows before the end of the year. Netflix is going to have more than Sabrina to keep horror fans busy. So, keep staying tuned! CinemaBlend will keep you updated on the latest in the greatest streaming news.
Unlike Wolverine or Iron Man, when it comes to Batman, there is no one actor who everybody thinks of as the Caped Crusader. Six actors have portrayed Batman in live action on the big screen, and depending on what happens with Ben Affleck and Matt Reeves‘ Batman movie, number seven could be coming soon. There are some names that always come up as potential future superheroes, and one of them is Jon Hamm. The Mad Men actor just has that look that would make him well suited to both Batman and Bruce Wayne. It isn’t just fans that would like to see the Don Draper performer don the cowl either. Jon Hamm himself is interested in playing Batman, but only under one condition, as he explained:
Jon Hamm’s criteria for playing Batman seems pretty simple: he just wants the story to be good. That’s probably a pretty solid rule to follow before signing on to any kind of project. In theory that should go without saying, but because comic book movies don’t have a 100% success rate when it comes to quality, it bears mentioning. As Jon Hamm told The Hollywood Reporter, he is a lifelong fan of comic books and comic book adaptations. He noted that he loved Black Panther and that he watched the Legion TV series, so he has a natural affinity for the material. But like any good fan that knows his stuff, he doesn’t want to be in something sub-par, he wants things to be done well for him to take part. That starts with a good script.
Now just because he is a comic fan and might be interested depending on the script, that doesn’t mean that Jon Hamm strapping on a utility belt is imminent. He said that he has not had any official conversations about playing the Dark Knight. Hypothetically though, if he were approached, he seems keen on the possibility, as he explained:
Jon Hamm sounds like he wouldn’t take too much convincing to play Bruce Wayne as long as the script for the film was good, even if taking on the role would mean that he’d have to work out to fit in his Batman costume. So if you’re listening, Warner Bros., all you have to do is tap him on the shoulder.
Even though Jon Hamm seems game to play Batman, there first has to be a Batman for him to play. For ages Ben Affleck has been rumored to be leaving the DCEU, and thus would not star in Matt Reeves’ Batman movie. That may not be the case and Affleck may stick around, but if he doesn’t, there is a job up for grabs. We don’t know what that movie will be yet, so it’s impossible to say if a Jon Hamm Batman would be right for it, but if the DCEU wanted to stay in the same sort of age range, the two actor’s ages are only a year apart. DC is also doing standalone films, as evidenced by Todd Phillips’ Joker, so maybe Jon Hamm could play the role in some sort of one-off. Of course, Superman is now also up for grabs, and Jon Hamm would also make a killer Man of Steel.
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